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Minimum Quality Standard and Protectionism

  • Bonroy, Olivier

We studied the protectionist character of a minimum quality standard (MQS). We show that in the fixed cost model where two firms, one local and one foreign, compete in a local market, the implementation of a MQS on the local market is a protectionist political only if the local firm supplies the lower quality, whatever the type of competition (Cournot or Bertrand) and the technology differential between the firms.

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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lagrcr:0302
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